Suggested as idea to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the baptism of the Kievan Rus by Volodymyr the Great in 1852, constructions on the glorious cathedral started seven years later when the funds reached 100 000 roubles. The design of the landmark is that of a neo-Byzantine style, an idea carried out by the architects I. Schtrom, P. Sparro, R. Bemhardt, K. Mayevsky and V. Nikolayev. Unfortunately for the cathedral, it is constantly overshadowed by other famous churches in the capital despite it's unique appearance of the traditional six-piered, three-apsed temple crowned by seven cupolas. The interior of the landmark is just simply stunning: mosaics inside where executed by masters from Venice. Perhaps in a strange twist of luck, this cathedral survived unscathed in the Soviet regime even though there were threats to destroy it. After the dissolution of the USSR, the ownership of the landmark became a source of controversy. Eventually, it was settled that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kiev Patriarchy would have control over the cathedral. Fortunately for visitors (and locals), it is located in the vicinity of the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv (Metro Station: Universytet)
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